I jokingly said this the other day. Dogs tend to be very disciplined, you tell them what to do, and they will do it.
Truthfully, I am a pretty disciplined person. I schedule my days because I have tasks to get done. I have a tight schedule with many meetings, speaking engagements, client discussions, and various other things. It is not unusual for me to be rushing between telephone calls and meetings, and getting ready for the next speaking engagement, while at the same time updating my blog and keeping in touch with friends and business contacts.
You may feel the same in this busy world. The key is discipline and establishing good habits, because, usually, good habits lead to successful business. When you do the right things over and over, you are almost always assured of success. We want to build good habits and make sure we utilize those habits in our business. If we practice self-discipline and do the right things, we will build those routines and schedules.
When contacts are initiated from the outside, perhaps a new client calling, or emailing, we must have a process and procedure, a routine, in place to make sure that they are properly cared for. When things snap into place, the client feels welcome and appreciated. They know that everything is under control.
The key is that we all be disciplined. Talking about the discipline of a dog is a bit of a joke, but it does set a good example of how to build actions and reactions. When building our processes and procedures, if we make sure we have the same reaction when things happen, we will be predictable. The predictability gives us the ability to do process improvements and make our businesses better.
What has been your experience with discipline? Have you struggled with this? Do you have any tips for how to be more disciplined? What will you do differently in your business future? Join us in the comments below.
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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.